Pearl of a Girl

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – Out of Standard – This is the end???
(posted by Isadora)
“This is the end????
From time to time we fall in love with a great story, but the ending just doesn’t satisfy us.

Your challenge: create a poem that rewrites an ending that let you down. It could be from a book, song, video game, TV show, movie, or any other medium. Just give us the ending you would have wanted. 

Nicknamed Pearl, a girl
from Texas with a voice
that pleaded, cried, wailed
blues. Drugs drenched
the music world; young
people were dying. She
was twenty-seven, strong-
willed, and did not succumb.
Still tours with her famous
boa wrapped ’round her neck,
and her Southern Comfort
no longer comes from a bottle.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Pearl of a Girl

  1. Ron. says:

    Oh, if only…
    I was digging some Janis just this morning. What a loss.


  2. kim881 says:

    I wonder if she shares her Southern Comfort with other rock and blues heroes.


  3. A tragic example of many who burned out too young…


  4. Brendan says:

    If only Janis had hung around long enough to find the comforts out of the bottle. Maybe she saw they weren’t loud and proud enough for her wounds.


  5. Helen L Dehner says:

    Will never be another!


  6. isadoragruye says:

    Awe, I love that you wrote Janis a happier ending! Thanks for posting to the out of standard!


  7. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar says:

    Southern comfort – the kind that doesn’t leave a hangover. Yes, loved this!


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